Buttermilk Frosting

An easy buttercream frosting that is creamy and sweet, but has a slight tang from buttermilk.  

Buttermilk Frosting-smooth and creamy texture, great for piping!

This frosting is so easy to make.  I used my Bosch stand mixer, but any stand mixer or electric hand mixer will work.

This buttercream is given a slight tang from adding real buttermilk.  Now, if you are thinking you won’t like a little tang in your frosting, then let me reassure you.  It’s not enough to really notice.  I used this recipe on my Candy Cane cake this Christmas, and everyone loved it.

Buttermilk Frosting- smooth and creamy, but with a slight tang- so yummy!!

I just think the tang is a nice change to all the same frostings we tend to use all the time.  Plus imagine this on a red velvet cake, or cupcakes!  The flavors would be great together!

You can easily pipe this frosting onto whatever dessert you desire.  Or on graham crackers.  That was a favorite treat of mine as a child.  Yum!

You can color the frosting whatever color you want, too.  It takes food dye just like any other frosting.

Buttermilk Frosting- whips up smooth and creamy. Sweet but with a slight tang from real buttermilk

Store your leftover frosting in the fridge.  Let it come to room temperature before trying to spread it or pipe it.

Buttermilk Frosting- easy to make, easy to pipe and it tastes great!

Buttermilk Frosting


  • 1 cup butter- at room temperature
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 8-10 Tbs buttermilk


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter and shortening, and cream them together until well mixed and slightly fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat to mix. Scrape sides of the bowl again, then add the vanilla, salt, and remaining powdered sugar- 1 cup at a time.
  3. As the frosting mixes it will be thick. Add the buttermilk 2 Tbs at a time, until you have it thinned to your desired consistency.
  4. Use right away, or store in an airtight container in the fridge. Bring back to room temperature before using again.

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